Kisses for Jet
Joris Bas Backer — 2022
Set in a boring suburb in the Netherlands at the end of the 1990s, between Kurt Cobain's death and the supposed end of the world at the turn of the millennium, this graphic novel tells the tale of Jet, navigating their gender identity in a pre-internet world. Like most teenagers in the 90s, Jet is obsessed with Kurt Cobain, which helps her get through attending the boarding school his parents have sent her to. Jet is very shy, and fitting in poses enough challenges as is. New feelings are starting to emerge as Jet and best friend Sasha turn their attention away from their beloved grunge idols to real guys. But something is wrong. Jet slowly begins to realize that she may be more of a boy than a girl. But is that possible? And who does he talk to about these feelings?